Disney Names Chad Matthews President of ABC Owned Television Stations

The Walt Disney Company has appointed Chad Matthews as the new general manager for its eight local television stations.

Matthews, president, and general manager of WABC New York will take over as president and general manager of all ABC-owned television stations immediately. WABC, KABC Los Angeles, and stations in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Fresno, and Raleigh-Durham are among them.

Matthews will report to Debra OConnell, president of networks for Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, in his new position. Wendy McMahon, who departed the corporation last year to become co-president of CBS News and Stations, is succeeded by Matthews.

Matthews has been with WABC since 2000, although he also worked at NBC-owned WTVJ from 2012 to 2017, before returning to WABC the following year.

“Chad is an exceptional leader who has a track record of success, always championing innovative content and storytelling, super-serving our viewers with programs that have a meaningful impact on the community overall, and achieving and maintaining the highest standards of operational excellence while driving enormous success across linear and digital platforms,” said OConnell in a statement. 

“His strategic vision, passion for local news, forward-thinking roll-up your sleeves attitude, and commitment to teamwork are among the many attributes that will ensure that under his leadership our Owned Television Stations will continue to thrive,” added OConnell. 

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